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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, September 8, 2022

Issue 1944
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, product reviews and more. Thanks for joining us. Please tell your friends about us.

Today’s thought

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” ―Laini Taylor

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is World Ampersand Day! &&&!

On this day in history: 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.

Tip of the Day

RV Mods: Protect your headlights!

By Greg Illes
As we prepared for our Alaska trip, we read many warnings about damage caused by flying rocks. Having traveled thousands of miles of dirt roads in the Desert Southwest, we are no strangers to road hazards. But this time, the hazards were to come from other vehicles tossing stones up off the roadway. How could we protect our RV’s headlights?

Find out here

Today’s RV review…

Keystone Montana High Country 377FL

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is a renewed look at the Keystone Montana High Country 377FL. What sparked this gander is a comment from a reader, Dave, asking us to look at front living fifth wheels. Very specifically, the comment was, ‘My favorite layout! As opposed to fivers with a front bedroom, blah, blah, blah. Front LRs rule in fivers!!!’ But, how do you really feel?”

Click here

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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.

Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

Can I bypass my never-used fresh water tank when winterizing RV?

Dear Dave,
I have never used my fresh water tank. How do I winterize my RV without doing anything to the fresh water tank? If I turn the pump on, can I bypass the fresh water tank? —Steve, 2021 Forest River 178BH

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

How to cut a memory foam mattress to fit your camper van or RV

By Cheri Sicard
Have you ever wondered how to cut a memory foam mattress to fit in your camper van or RV? Is it even possible for mere mortals to custom-fit an RV mattress? And if it is, just how difficult and large a project is it?

All of that and more is answered in this short video DIY demo on how to cut a memory foam mattress. But the short answer: It’s not difficult or very time-consuming at all.

Watch the video

Reader says this popular TP caused problems in RV. Which brand is best?

One of our readers, Gary H., wrote to us about RV toilet paper and said that the brand we had recommended clogged up his RV’s black tank. Uh oh. What brand was it, and what are some tips to keep your black tank from clogging? Find out here.

Reader poll

Do you enjoy visiting caves?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Lighten up that BBQ!

Got a bum back but still like to grill? Here’s a tip from Robert M.: “I bought a Weber Q2000 grill for camping use, thinking how great it would be to store it in the camper or, in my case, the pickup bed. I found my back going out on me from lifting and moving it more than once, prompting me to buy a smaller, lighter unit. My son suggested that I should remove the cast iron grill plates and replace them with something lighter. I found a lightweight ceramic-coated aluminum grill at a local supermarket for about $10 that fits in just right. It has cut the weight of the grill in half, works great, and is actually easier to clean than the original grill plates. I have been using it now for four months, and my back thanks me for it.” Thanks, Robert!

You know we love a good pun around here, and this one does not disappoint! You’ll be saying this from now on, guaranteed.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding
Grab your camera and your binoculars and be prepared to be blown away by what you’ll see at these wildlife refuges across the U.S.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 45 percent say that when growing up, their relationship was stronger with their mother than their father.
• 16 percent say they read the print edition of a daily newspaper every day.
• As a student, the highest percentage of voters, 44 percent, say they did better in math than they did in their reading/writing classes.

Recent poll: Do you maintain a journal or diary?

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Coconut Chicken

by Ashley Muller from Chandler, AZ

This is a fantastic way to up the flavor of chicken breasts. The coconut milk marinade makes the chicken moist and flavorful. Once grilled, the chicken is so tender you can cut it with a fork. You taste hints of the nutmeg and cardamom from the marinade. We love the crunch from the toasted coconut in each bite. It’s sweet, salty, and savory. Yum!

Click here for the recipe

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Feng shui experts explain that your bed facing a door (be it the main bedroom door or a balcony door) is bad luck because the door will “pull” your energy away from you as you sleep.

*Kangaroos can’t do what: hop on one foot, hop backward, or hop to a beat? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cooper is a 4-month-old Bugg (Boston Terrier/Pug mix). He loves adventures. He gathers pine cones and sticks when we walk. Loves to play and nap. Coop sleeps under the driver’s seat (his doghouse) when we’re on the road.” —Thomas Scott

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

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Richard Hughes (@guest_201296)
1 year ago

In reference to the laugh of the day, at least Google doesn’t bite your head off if you ask too many questions. LOL

Bill Brogan (@guest_201295)
1 year ago

Re: Today’s Thought. Hope is fine. Don’t spend too much time hoping. It is a future mental activity, takes our attention away from the present/reality and whatever gratitude we can experience here, as well as any solutions.

Chiara Colella (@guest_201305)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Brogan

Beautifully said!

Scott R. Ellis (@guest_201273)
1 year ago

Feng shui “experts” don’t “explain” anything, any more than the old charlatan selling Dr. Good’s Snake Oil explains disease.

“Claim” would be an accurate word.

M J (@guest_201281)
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

You need to read it again, maybe a little slower, it does explain why.

Kevin Dewaine (@guest_201291)
1 year ago
Reply to  M J

I was not aware that doors have hands to pull with.

Michael Galvin (@guest_201320)
1 year ago
Reply to  Kevin Dewaine

I’d like to see real research with one group sleeping toward the door and another group not. Then measure their energy. Unless there is evidence it is indeed just a “claim.”

Tommy Molnar (@guest_201269)
1 year ago

Hmmm. The problem with reading rvtravel early in the morning is that few others seem to be up and there are few comments. I may have to change my ways – (:

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Good morning, Early Bird! Well, you can read the newsletter in the morning (before the crack o’ dawn!) and then go back later in the day and read the comments. No rules here that you can only look at it once a day. 😉 Take care. 😀 –Diane

Tommy Molnar (@guest_201331)
1 year ago
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Steve Minor (@guest_201333)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Diane, I do exactly that. I enjoy reading the comments! !

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Minor

Hi, Steve. I’m glad to hear that. Tommy and I are “buds” so that’s why I was being silly and pointing out the obvious to him. Luckily, I also enjoy reading the comments, since I’m moderating them all day, every day (in among all of my other work). It’s (usually) nice to read what folks have to say, and some of their tips, etc. Thanks for reading, Steve, and have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Greg Sorenson (@guest_201261)
1 year ago

Does anybody know where to get the aluminum grills for the Q2000 that Robert talks about?

Bob p (@guest_201282)
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg Sorenson

At the store where he bought his!

Dr4Film (@guest_201302)
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg Sorenson

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